Thought for the day

"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." -- Charles de Gaulle, French general & president

Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt plan to join BRICS, and their potential membership bids could be discussed and answered at next year’s summit in South Africa, Purnima Anand, the president of the organization, told Russian media on Thursday.

All these countries have shown their interest in joining [BRICS] and are preparing to apply for membership. I believe this is a good step, because expansion is always looked upon favorably; it will definitely bolster BRICS’ global influence,” she told Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The White House on Wednesday announced it would send over $1 billion in security assistance to Egypt. The Joe Biden administration approved the aid as several top Democratic lawmakers pushed to reduce security assistance for Egypt by $300 million. While Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government is creditably accused of severe human rights abuses, Cairo is the third-largest recipient of US aid. 

France and Egypt sued over 'crimes against humanity' after Libya border operation MikeRivero Wed, 09/14/2022 - 09:21

Two American advocacy groups filed a joint complaint on Monday asking France’s national anti-terrorism prosecutor and the UN to investigate Paris’ complicity in crimes against humanity in Egypt, according to investigative news website Disclose.

The Zangaki brothers were two Greek photographers, active between the 1870s–1890s, who worked in Egypt, producing prints for the tourism trade. He produced some of the best images of late Victorian Egypt, yet little is known about them. They were probably Greek Cypriots, although it has been suggested that they may have come from Crete.

 

Nothing is known about him before his photographs were published in Egypt in the late 1870s, and even the names of the brother himself are unknown.

 

Egypt is preparing to adopt Russia’s Mir payment system and include the Russian ruble on the list of currencies used by Egyptian banks and tourism companies, according to an Egyptian Central Bank official who spoke with Al Monitor.

The anonymous source said that the Mir payment system will be implemented across Egypt before the end of September in order to boost Russian tourism and enhance trade between the two nations.

“The decision targets all commercial and industrial activities and not only tourism,” the official added.

A high-ranking Israeli military delegation visited Egypt last week to contain Cairo's resentment over Israel reneging on its commitments to the ceasefire deal reached with Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip under Egyptian mediation, said an official familiar with the matter.

Academics in Egypt have been left scratching their heads after a decision by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to grant civilian scientific degrees to students of military colleges.

The July announcement, largely overlooked by local media, has caused anger inside academic circles, as some say it trespasses on the sanctity of academia.

Israel on Sunday agreed to an Egyptian-proposed truce with Palestinian militants in Gaza after three days of intense conflict, an Egyptian source said.

Islamic Jihad confirmed that talks toward a ceasefire were underway, but stopped short of saying an agreement had been reached.

The negotiations raise hopes that Egypt could help broker a deal to end the worst fighting in Gaza since an 11-day war last year devastated the impoverished coastal territory, home to some 2.3 million Palestinians.

An Egyptian court is planning to broadcast the live hanging of a killer who stabbed a student to death when she turned down his marriage proposal. Mohamed Adel, 21, was found guilty of murdering his Mansoura University classmate Naira Ashraf when she turned him down, with the court sentencing him to death on July 6. The court has now called for his execution to be broadcast live to deter similar crimes from happening in future.

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